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Lookin At Lucky: Charlotte Weber's Live Oak Stud paid $2m for his dam, Private Feeling, at the Fasig-Tipton November Sale in Kentucky


Holiday investment by Lyon as Fasig suffers

Fasig-Tipton November comparative figures ($)

 Year  Cat  Off  Sold  % sold  Aggregate  Average  Median
 2009  153  111  78  60  28,505,000  365,449  170,000
 2008  189  150  91  70  70,279,000  772,297  250,000

FRANK and Jane Lyon were one of the few breeders to enjoy a good season in the sale ring this year as the breeders and vendors of Storm Cat colts that topped both the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga andKeeneland September Sales.

However, at the Fasig-Tipton November Select Sale in Kentucky on Tuesday, the pair - who operate as Summer Wind Farm - were on the other side of the bargain, paying $2.15m for Grade 1 producer Holiday Runner.

The nine-year-old daughter of Meadowlake, who made just $35,000 as a yearling, has been bought to replace Aragorn's dam Onaga, who died at Kildangan Stud in Ireland just four days after her yearling Storm Cat colt sold for $2.05m at Saratoga.

A stakes winner herself, Holiday Runner is the dam of this season's dual Grade 1 winner Seventh Street as well as the Grade 2-placed Reynaldothewizard. She was sold by Baccari Bloodstock on behalf of Barberino and Michael Mollica in foal to Tiznow.

Last year's renewal, in which Better Than Honour and Stardom Bound changed hands for $14m and $5.7m respectively, was always going to be a hard act to follow, and returns duly suffered.

A total of 78 of the 111 horses offered sold for an aggregate of $28,505,000, down significantly from the $70,279,000 reached last year. The average plummeted 53 per cent to $365,449 while the median fell by 32 per cent to $170,000.

The evening's trading saw seven horses sell for $1m or more compared to 19 last year.

As well as Holiday Runner, they included Private Feeling, the dam of last weekend's Breeders' Cup Juvenile runner-up Lookin AtLucky who was sold in foal to Mr. Greeley to Charlotte Weber's Live Oak Stud for $2m.

As at the opening session of the Keeneland November, Japanese buyers were out in force, led by Shadai Farm, who paid $1.8m for the multiple British-bred Grade 1 winner Magical Fantasy.

Fresh from spending over $3m at Keeneland, Shunsuke Yoshida of Northern Farm went to $1.6m for Breeders' Cup Distaff heroine Ginger Punch in a private transaction on behalf of his father Katsumi, while Masataka Iida secured Grade 1 Alabama Stakes winner Lady Joanne for the same amount.

The daughter of Orientate was purchased by Adena Springs for $1.25m at last year's Keeneland November Sale and was offered in foal to Tiznow this time around.

British and Irish activity accounted for over $2.5m led by Barronstown Stud's purchase of Saturday's Grade 2 Las Palmas Handicap heroine Tuscan Evening for $650,000.

Top fivesale-toppers ($)

 Name  Covering sire  Buyer  Price
 Holiday Runner 9 m  Tiznow  Summer Wind Farm  2.15m
 Private Feeling 10 m  Mr Greeley  Live Oak Farm  2m
 Magical Fantasy 4 f  n/a  Shadai Farm  1.8m
 Ginger Punch 6 m  Bernardini  Katsumi Yoshisa  1.6m
 Lady Joanne 5 m  Tiznow  Masatake Iida  1.6m





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